Rogaine is available for female pattern baldness as well as for male
pattern, and studies have shown that it works in at least stopping the
loss of hair if not in regrowing hair.
There is information from the manufacturer of Rogaine on the specific
Women's Rogaine product on the web at:
You may also be interested in this article (free online, but you'll
have to register to see it):
Treatment of hair loss.
N Engl J Med. 1999 Sep 23;341(13):964-73.
Note that Rogaine is the brand name for minoxidil, and that there are
other treatments for women's hair loss that are discussed in that New
England Journal of Medicine article.
There have been a number of studies that show that minoxidil helps
stimulate hair growth in people with androgenic alopecia. If you
would like to see the citations for these studies I'd be happy to
provide them - but I can't give you full articles except where they're
available for linking on the web (like the one above).
In the end, the basic answer to your question is - Yes, Rogaine CAN
help grow hair in women PROVIDED the woman in question has the type of
hair loss that Rogaine targets. Please talk to your doctor for more
recommendations on this - not only because minoxidil is not
appropriate for all people (particularly if you've got heart disease
or hypertension) and may interact with other medications that you
might already be taking.
For more information on minoxidil, check out the patient information
pages from the USP DI
two drug guides from the MedlinePlus database.
I found the article from the NEJM in the PubMed medical literature
database (http://www.pubmed.gov) and the Rogaine for Women website in
the Google database (I searched for "Rogaine" then followed the link
to the women's page).
Please let me know if I can follow up on this question in any way
(preferably before you rate it!).